Revit Families Best Practices for Architecture

Today on the Design Under Influence Show, we discuss Revit families’ best practices for architecture with Kiran Nayak. Kiran is an architecture professional & digital design specialist. He works with firms to create a “bridge” between design and technology by crafting workflows and systems that make the design process more enjoyable, more efficient, and ultimately…

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Five Pros and Cons for Using a Mac in Your Architecture Practice

Are you an architectural professional thinking about using a Mac in your practice? Maybe you are already using a Mac in your practice and feeling lost in a sea of PC users. If so, this episode is for you. Today we will highlight the pros and cons of using Mac in your architecture design or engineering firm practice.   Here…

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The Importance of a Digital Design Manual: Creating an “Operational Bible” for Institutional Knowledge.

One issue that is problematic for businesses, especially architectural businesses, is how to remain consistent in showcasing the special flavor of what you do. The challenge businesses are presented with is executing projects with excellence consistently, so the business is awarded additional projects.  One way to meet that challenge head-on is documenting and memorializing your…

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Should AEC Firms Carry Inventory?

Plan Ahead!!!  Today we want to help you think through some possible solutions to the current supply chain crisis, as well as rising inflation. The one word that sticks out is planning.  Many of us get busy and postpone planning for something until it is an actual crisis. We then pull out all the stops,…

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A Guide to Onboarding New Employees (Free Checklist Included)

While every company needs technology to have an edge, survive and do well, humans are the most important part of our companies. In today’s job market, it is harder than ever to get new people and even harder to keep them.  We have found that many times, sufficient planning in hiring and onboarding is lacking, which causes delays in allowing the new employee…

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The Impact of BIM on the Small Architecture Firm

Today our discussion centers around the question of whether a small architecture firm should implement BIM as a software solution.  We will take a deeper look what whether it is cost-effective, the time savings benefit, and what the onboarding process will look when converting to BIM.  Joining our discussion today is the Digital Design Manager…

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Autodesk License Conversion

Today our topic is Autodesk licensing and the conversion from a network user to a named user.  Several of our clients have had issues with the conversion, and we want to help others who are facing similar issues.    Potential Difficulty with Conversion  Autodesk is converting everyone from a network licensing model to a named user model, which requires using your email…

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What is the AEC Collection?

In this edition of Design Under Influence, we are unpacking Autodesk AEC Software Collection.  It has 15 unique and interesting tools.  We will discuss an overview of the collection, what is included, and give you the top three that may be the most useful to you.  In addition, we discuss a few bonus applications.      Overview of AEC Collection  The AEC…

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Revit vs. SketchUp

Welcome to Design Under Influence.  Today’s discussion is concerning Revit and SketchUp and why you may need one or the other to complete your project.    What are some of the intricacies of the Revit and SketchUp platforms? A lot of people are familiar with these tools to some extent, and some are using them heavily. Autodesk owns Revit and Trimble owns SketchUp.  Because Revit is…

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